Acosta, who also had a testy exchange with Trump during the same news conference, came to Ryan's defense on Twitter. Wait. You know why we need the people?
Trump called Acosta a "rude, awful person" and an "enemy of the people" at Wednesday's post-election question-and-answer session with reporters.
But Acosta initially refused to give up the microphone to anyone else and continued asking questions. "Put down the mic", Trump snapped.
In Friday's incident, Abby Phillip, also from CNN, asked Trump whether he wanted his new attorney general to hold back an explosive probe into allegations that the president's 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian agents. The men argued over the migrant caravan, which ended in Trump calling Acosta a "terrible person".
"I'll tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You're a very rude person", added Trump. And Acosta has been one of the more visible thorns in the side of the White House. A reporter might not like the president, but he or she should always respect the office. "'CNN is fake news, and to prove it, here's a video from a reputable news source that believes the government is putting plastic liners into juice boxes to turn our sons into gay frogs'". "A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere". "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented in this video", she wrote. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. Other outlets and reporters in the room deserve opportunities to ask their questions too.
Thursday night was a hectic night for late show hosts between the situation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg's hospitalization and the White House revoking press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta.
"He does this with everybody".
The White House claimed Acosta "placed his hand" on the female intern while she tried to get the microphone. You know, he gets paid to burst in. He's a very unprofessional guy. "But it could be others also", he said.
"I saw someone who I think was very very frustrated and very very angry that I was bringing up the fact that some people think he was emboldening white nationalists", Alcindor said on "Hardball With Chris Matthews" on Wednesday.
If by "respect" Trump means the type of questions that are asked and the way they are asked, the White House is on shaky legal footing. You have to treat the White House with respect.
He then doubled down on his criticism of Acosta, known for his combative encounters with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the president. Sanders later accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern and said his White House credential had been suspended "until further notice".